A brief history of the “Kremlin Trolls”

•February 21, 2018 • 2 Comments

http://thesaker.is/a-brief-history-of-the-kremlin-trolls/

Saint Petersburg, Savushkina, 55 is the most famous office building in the world, thanks to the relentless promotion of the United States government, the CIA, FBI, and by the powers of the entire Western media, financed by Western governments.  VOA, NPR, and Svoboda, by the government of the US; the BBC by the government of the UK; CNN by the governments of Saudi Arabia; the DW, by the government of Germany; and so on and so forth. You name it, they all punched time to promote this office building.

To be specific, it’s not even a building, but several adjoined buildings that cover an entire city block, an urban development plan common for Saint Pete’s. That’s why every business here has the address of Savushkina, 55 followed by a building number. You can take a virtual tour around it, to see for yourself. The buildings are shared by several dozens of private businesses, by the local Police department, and by the newsrooms of half a dozen Russia Media sources like the FAN (Federal News Agency), the Neva News (Nevskie Novosti), Political RussiaKharkov News Agency, publishing Ukrainian news, and others. They all are privately owned and operated and generate over 55 million unique visitors per month. Overall, several thousand people come to this building to work every morning. But you wouldn’t know this by account of Western media. For over two years now, these people are being harassed and collectively branded as “THE KREMLIN TROLLS.”

The building is very popular because it’s located in a quiet historical neighborhood and is in walking distance from a suburban train station. It’s newly renovated offices offer open floor plans with Scandinavian fleur so very appreciated by the news people. In addition, the rent for this building is less than in center city. Which is why Evgeny Zubarev, a former top editor for the RIA NEWS, choose it for his media startup. He took several offices allowing him to manage his growing media giant without wasting time to commute. Now, the FAN newsroom alone employs about 300 journalists.

This wasn’t always the case.

Continue here: http://thesaker.is/a-brief-history-of-the-kremlin-trolls/

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thanks to xxx for the link..

read it..educate yourself..

“Savushkina, 55 is the most famous office building in the world, thanks to the relentless promotion of the United States government, the CIA, FBI, and by the powers of the entire Western media, financed by Western governments.  VOA, NPR, and Svoboda, by the government of the US; the BBC by the government of the UK; CNN by the governments of Saudi Arabia; the DW, by the government of Germany; and so on and so forth. You name it, they all punched time to promote this office building.”

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Why Peter Thiel is leaving Silicon Valley

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/15/technology/peter-thiel-leaving-silicon-valley/index.html

Citing what they called Silicon Valley’s “sclerotic” culture and “conformity of thought,” a source close to Thiel told CNNMoney that the investor would soon move to Los Angeles, where he will “focus on a number of new projects including creating a new media endeavor.”

“L.A. is a better place to do that,” the source said. “L.A. is also less out of touch and it’s a better place to connect with the rest of the country.”

Thiel will also move his investment firm Thiel Capital and his Thiel Foundation to Los Angeles, the source said. Founders Fund, where he is a general partner, will remain in San Francisco. Thiel is also considering resigning from the board of Facebook, according to the source.

Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, has long been outspoken about his politics. But he became a lightning rod in the community and nationally after backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid and then joining Trump’s transition team.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news of Thiel’s move, reported Thursday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even asked Thiel to consider resigning from his company’s board last summer. This came after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, another Facebook board member, reportedly criticized what he called Thiel’s “catastrophically bad judgment” in supporting Trump.

Since then, the source close to him said, Thiel has grown more aware of what he views as liberal intolerance.

“Peter thinks the same network effects that concentrate talent in the Valley (adding value) are leading to conformity of thought (limiting the generation of new ideas),” the source said in an email. “SF is still important but the most exciting future tech developments may come outside of it. Peter also thinks the Valley has become too mono-cultural and the cost of living is making the whole area more sclerotic, less vital.”

The source would not provide any further detail on the new media endeavor Thiel plans to work on in Los Angeles, nor any of the other business opportunities he plans to pursue.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/like-peter-thiel-others-feel-alienated-by-silicon-valley-groupthink-1518962400

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politics..

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even asked Thiel to consider resigning from his company’s board last summer. This came after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, another Facebook board member, reportedly criticized what he called Thiel’s “catastrophically bad judgment” in supporting Trump.”

sore losers?

“L.A. is a better place to do that,” the source said. “L.A. is also less out of touch and it’s a better place to connect with the rest of the country.”

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Syrian Government militias to enter Afrin..Turkey warns they are ready to fight

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-20/pro-assad-militias-to-enter-syria-afrin-state-media/9463100

Pro-Syrian Government forces are set to enter the Kurdish-held area of Afrin to boost defences against a military offensive against Kurdish fighters by the Turkish army, Syrian state television has said.

SANA reported pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Afrin enclave in the country’s north “within hours”, after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region.

“The popular forces joining the resistance against Turkish occupation in Afrin comes in the framework of supporting residents as well as defending Syria and its sovereignty,” SANA said.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded by saying that his country is ready to battle Syrian Government troops.

“If the regime is entering to protect the [Kurdish militia group] YPG, then no-one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers,” Mr Cavusoglu said.

On the other hand, he said that Ankara would have no problem if Syrian Government forces enter Afrin to clear the area of YPG fighters.

Turkey began its operation last month with allied Syrian rebel groups to drive out the YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group linked to an insurgency at home and sees as a security threat to its border.

The reports on Syrian state media specified that it would not be the Syrian army but militias allied to the Government that would mount the operation.

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just when we thought syria might be over it moves to an even worse situation..

then add in the unicef blah blah..they dont seem to mind yemeni kids being killed btw..then reports from the totally biased syrian observatory..rumors of chemical weapons again..even though they were all removed and verified..france to attack if it feels it has to..the push back against assad is set in motion again..

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Saudi Arabia warns against initial coin offerings in cryptocurrency market

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/418680-saudi-warns-initial-coin-offerings/

Riyadh has cautioned the public against investing in initial coin offerings (ICOs) due to the high risk, potential losses of capital and alleged fraud in the cryptocurrency market.

According to the Capital Market Authority, crypto investing and speculative trading are potentially risky due to the high volatility of virtual currencies, the insular nature of their valuation and the lack of proper regulation in the Kingdom.

The caution comes as the number of websites and advertisements for investment in digital currencies, as well as marketing campaigns on social media targeting Saudi citizens, has significantly increased in recent times.

The Saudi regulator backs similar warnings issued across the Gulf nations after bitcoin’s dramatic plunge earlier this year. The world’s leading cryptocurrency has lost over half of its value since reaching a record $20,000 in December, being currently valued at $8,500.

Earlier this month, the UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority, the country’s markets regulator, cautioned the public over putting in initial coin offerings. The office sent a circular, warning traders against any fundraising done in cryptocurrencies including ICOs, initial token offerings, token pre-sale or token crowd-sale.

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interesting that the government cares so much for the people they want to stop them investing..

i think its a bit more than that..

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Israel PM Netanyahu warns Iran: Don’t test us

•February 20, 2018 • 2 Comments

https://www.9news.com.au/world/2018/02/19/05/10/netanyahu-warns-of-iran-tiger

The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, warning that Iran should “not test Israel’s resolve” as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

Netanyahu said of Iran that if the U.S. decides to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal, which he has long opposed, “I think they’ll do nothing.”

But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, appearing two hours later at the same Munich Security Conference, fired back that Netanyahu’s comment was “delusional thinking.”

“I can assure that if Iran’s interests are not secured, Iran will respond, will respond seriously. And I believe it would be a response that means people would be sorry for taking the erroneous action they did,” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed deep skepticism about the Iran nuclear deal that lifted sanctions against the country. He extended sanctions waivers in January but said he would not do so again when they come up for renewal in May unless his concerns are addressed.

“We know what the world looks like without the Iran nuclear agreement,” he said Sunday, speaking at the same conference. “It’s not a better place.”

If the U.S. abandons the current nuclear deal it’s unlikely Iran would consider a new one, Kerry said.

https://www.rt.com/news/419141-iran-response-israel-munich/

Iran’s foreign minister ridiculed a security conference speech by Netanyahu, who used a part of a drone to make a point. He lashed out at Israel’s “aggression to neighbors” and mentioned the country’s “crumbling invincibility.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke at the Munich Security Conference a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down last week by Israeli forces. The Iranian official dismissed the use of the prop as a “cartoonish circus” that was meant “to blame others for its own strategic blunders, or maybe to evade the domestic crisis they’re facing.”

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bibi with the props again..like this:

same shit..different day..

“The Iranian official dismissed the use of the prop as a “cartoonish circus”

indeed..

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Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

•February 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/business/national-business/article200722364.html

Latvia’s top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation’s financial system.

Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics arriving at the offices of the country’s anti-corruption agency Saturday night and leaving early Sunday, following what the broadcaster said was a raid on his office and property.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis confirmed that Rimsevics, 52, was being detained, but didn’t provide details. Neither Rimsevics nor his lawyer could be immediately reached for comment.

During a news conference Sunday, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola said Rimsevics “should resign from his post at least for the time of the investigation.”

The finance minister noted that the Latvian parliament cannot force Rimsevics out unless there is evidence of a crime, as the central bank is independent by law.

Reizniece-Ozola did not specify why Rimsevics was detained. However, she cited a U.S. Treasury report Tuesday that singled out a Latvian bank, ABLV, as a haven for money laundering that allegedly bribed local officials. She made no connection between the bank and Rimsevics.

Latvia’s president called for a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the situation in the banking sector.

The anti-corruption agency, the Bank of Latvia and the European Central Bank all declined to comment.

Rimsevics’ arrest is particularly sensitive because he sits on the top policymaking council of the ECB, Europe’s most powerful financial institution, and is privy to the state secrets of Latvia as well as those of NATO and the European Union.

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“a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation’s financial system.”

shocked!

“Latvia’s president called for a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss the situation in the banking sector.”

enterprise corruption..

“Rimsevics’ arrest is particularly sensitive because he sits on the top policymaking council of the ECB, Europe’s most powerful financial institution”

haha..

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Trump wants to end US funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025

•February 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43038329

President Donald Trump wants to end US funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 with the aim of putting it into private hands.

His plans for ISS and the Nasa space programme were unveiled in his 2019 budget proposal. Mr Trump wants to increase Nasa spending by 3% next year.

But it also includes $150m (£108m) to “encourage commercial development” at ISS to replace American payments.

The space station is scheduled to operate through 2024.

“The budget proposes to end direct US financial support for the International Space Station in 2025, after which NASA would rely on commercial partners for its low Earth orbit research and technology demonstration requirements,” according to the White House proposal, which was released on Monday.

The US government would create a $150m programme to help prepare private companies to take over space station operations over the next seven years, according to the document.

The budget requests $19.6bn for Nasa in 2019, an increase of $500m from this year.

It also calls for $10.5bn for “an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration” leading to “the return of humans to the moon for long-term exploration and utilization followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations”, according to a Nasa review.

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musk will buy it and turn it into a restaurant..

“The space station is scheduled to operate through 2024.”

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